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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota attorney general filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, Oct. 16, against three major U.S. manufacturers of insulin, allegeding them of deceptively raising the list prices of insulin and making it less affordable to patients in high deductible health plans, the uninsured and senior citizens on Medicare. “Insulin is a life-or-death drug for people with diabetes. Many people can’t afford the price hikes but can’t afford to stop taking the medication either,” Attorney General Lori Swanson said in a statement.
BARRON, Wis.—A 13-year-old girl is missing and considered endangered, and two adults were found dead in a home in Barron County in northwest Wisconsin early Monday morning, Oct. 15. Authorities are searching for Jayme Closs, 13, who is described as 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, with green eyes and blond or strawberry hair. Anyone with information about her is asked to contact the Barron County Sheriff's Department at 715-537-3106.
ST. PAUL—Nearly 5,000 young hunters 10 to 15 years old will take to the fields and forests this weekend during Minnesota's youth deer season, the Department of Natural Resources said. The DNR offers the annual hunting opportunity to help develop Minnesota's next generation of hunters.
RURAL PONSFORD, Minn. — A 15-year-old boy with special needs was flown to a Twin Cities area hospital to be treated for hypothermia after he went missing for several hours Monday, Oct. 15, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Office. About 12:36 a.m. Monday, the sheriff's office received a report that the boy had left his home in rural Ponsford. The temperature was 28 degrees and the wind chill was 18 at midnight in Park Rapids, a town about 20 miles from Ponsford, according to the National Weather Service.
BISMARCK -- A bipartisan coalition of attorneys general are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to create new rules to allow telephone service providers to block more illegal robocalls across the country. The attorneys general from North Dakota and Minnesota have joined peers in more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in urging the FCC to curb unwanted phone calls.
ST. PAUL — Brainerd city officials committed unfair labor practices by unilaterally eliminating full-time firefighter positions in 2015, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled.
FORT RIPLEY, Minn.—The U.S. Postal Service will cease postal operations at its Fort Ripley Post Office after losing its lease. The last day of operation will be Oct. 20. Fort Ripley is a leased facility that was recently sold. The new owner is not interested in having the Postal Service as a tenant and therefore is not renewing the lease, a news release stated.
AITKIN—A Floodwood city councilor died after he was run over by a vehicle following a crash Sunday, Sept. 30, in Aitkin County. The Minnesota State Patrol reported a Chevy Cruze was traveling east on Highway 200, west of Jacobson Township when it struck an animal. The driver, Thomas S. Andor, 64, Hibbing, and his passenger, Vernon M. Owens, 61, exited the SUV to check out the damage when a Chrysler 200, driven by Jane M. Sautbine, 55, Cloquet, traveling east on Highway 200, struck Owens, the state patrol reported.
WASHINGTON — Watch live as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before senators on allegations of sexual assault by Supreme Court Justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A 25-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested Tuesday night, Sept. 25, after a high-speed chase through Bemidji resulted in his vehicle crashing into a tree and another vehicle. The driver, Donald Negron, was arrested for feeling a peace officer, criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm and third-degree DWI, Bemidji police said in a news release. According to Bemidji police, an officer tried to pull over the vehicle at 11:52 p.m. The vehicle was not using headlights or taillights.